shang dynasty

shang dynasty

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  • Here are some facts about the SHANG DYNASTY
  • One of the most famous kings, Wu Ding, ruled for 58 years. He was said to be the best ruler in the Shang Dynasty. 
  • The first king was Cheng Tang. 
  • The Shang ruled an area around the Yellow River Valley for around 500 years.
  • The Shang Dynasty was a period of time in China that began in 1600 BC and lasted to 1046 BC.
  • The Shang Dynasty is also known for its technological advancement and sophisticated craftsmanship in bronze and ceramic. ... This is how writing developed in China
  • The long period of the Bronze Age was in China, which began around 2000 B.C., saw the growth and maturity of a civilization that would be sustained in its essential aspects for another 2,000 years. And carried on to the Zhou Dynasty. 
  • The Shang were the first Chinese Dynasty to invent writing and have a recorded history. This ancient writing is fairly similar to modern Chinese script. Writing enabled the Shang to have a fairly organized society and government.
  • They did not make normal tools out of bronze, but used bronze for religious items and weapons. Bronze weapons such as spears gave the Shang an advantage in war against their enemies. The Shang also used horse-drawn chariots in battle, giving them a further advantage.
  • Folk religion during the Shang dynasty was polytheistic, meaning the people worshipped many gods.
  • Instead of worshiping gods like the sun god, they would worship sculptures of their gods. 
  • The Shang tribe grew into power around 1600 BC. Legend has it that the Shang were united under the leadership of Cheng Tang. Cheng Tang defeated the evil King Jie of the Xia to begin the Shang Dynasty. The Shang ruled an area around the Yellow River Valley for around 500 years. They had many rulers and capital cities during that time. The government became corrupt under the rule of King Di Xin. He was overthrown by Wu of Zhou and the Zhou Dynasty was founded.
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